This magical book allows you to escape into it, and then sigh with both satisfaction and disappointment when you are finished. Satisfaction for a well told story in a world you want to stay in, and disappointment because the circus tent has come down and you must go back home.
Unfortunately, I didn't read the print version. However, I feel like Jim Dale added so much with his narration, I would have a hard time reading the print version now.
There are such beautiful descriptions of characters and scenes and circus tents, it's hard to pick just one that stands out. I loved the description of the tent he made for her with the paper animals.
Again - so hard to pick just one. I loved the dinner guests, especially the contortionist and Madame Pardfour (excuse my poor spelling - I didn't see it written). The clock maker and the boy from Massachusetts - it really is hard to zero in on my favorite.
Probably Chandresh. He seemed to have the most interesting history and the most interesting experience. He seemed richly described and like he would be a wonderful dinner companion. Of course, I would much prefer to be a guest at one of the late night dinner parties instead of out at a restaurant with him.
I was hesitant to wade into audiobook fiction but after listening to The Night Circus, I am so glad I made the jump. The book was whimsical, magical, and all around delightful.
Actual overall rating is 3.5 stars. There were aspects of The Night Circus that charmed - the prose is lovely. There were aspects that were lacking - I felt that the characters weren't quite fully developed. I didn't care about them as I think the author intended. I found the descriptions of the circus enchanting - fully realized and amazing. Somehow that world building didn't make it to the people who inhabited it as thoroughly. And I found the vagueness of the challenge frustrating. Generally, I like the book, though I think time might diminish my enjoyment of it some.
Jim Dale was a good narrator, but there are other narrators who are better as character voices. His pacing is excellent, though.
Yes More life like!
Its so unique sort of hard to say
No but I want to now.
All of them they were all so real, the narrators really made them come to life
I absolutely loved this book I actually read the print version and then decide to "re-read" and download the audio book and I am so glad I did!
This is a book full of fantasy and imagination while still being grounded in reality, sort of! It is such a great book and definitely worth the credit to try it out. When it was over I found myself so sad because it had ended and I wanted more, but completely satisfied with the outcome.
I probably wouldn't listen to it again but as I've said in other reviews, I'm not a big re-reader. I read so much that it's tough to find time to reread although I do have a few favorites that I do reread. This just isn't one of them.
I don't know if I could compare it to anything else... it was very unique.
That's a terrible question. It was a narration, not a dramatization so he didn't really "perform" any characters. He had the accents down beautifully.
I loved the descriptions of the circus and the meals. I felt that they were richly drawn - like the labyrinth and the wishing tree.
People seem to either love or hate this one.
Yes, its absolutely intriguing, captivating, & really and intruely fascinating.
Cecilia, she seems, really talented, & gifted.
First time ever listening to him.
Probably Cecilia, to learn her powers.
Its a pretty fascinating book. It took me a couple of times to play it back to get into it, because he tends to read it a bit too fast, but now I'm getting into it.
When I started listening to The Night Circus, I was dubious. About half way through, I almost quit listening. I'm not a quitter, so I kept listening. I couldn't be happier that I did. You may need some time to connect with the characters, but you will. They are very real. I think the main reason they are so compelling is Jim Dale's narration - it is incredible. I'm currently listening to this for the second time, and it holds up very well. I strongly recommend this.
When you hear the words "magician" or "circus" you think of a child's tale--cute and one dimensional. This is not that kind of story. This is much more. It has every ounce of wonder and imagination found in a child's tale, imbued with just enough of the 'adult' in order to suck you completely into a world where you again believe that anything is truly possible. It is written with such grace that it is nearly poetic in sections and the story is so masterfully woven that its sections and chapters glide onto place at the end, as a well thought out story will do, and simultaneously crash together as the feel of the story demands. It was truly an escape from the mundane of reality.
It is hard to choose a favorite since one character wouldn't be the same without another. I loved Marco's charm and Celia's ingenuity equally. I think that her clever solution won the "challenge" and he won her.
I have always underestimated the vocals for these types of things. Listening to a book is a matter of convenience more than anything for me and print is still preferable. But Jim Dale has redefined this a bit. He was truly a performer and added a kind of...sparkle...that I don't think would have been there should I have read it. It was superb acting that made this listen an experience and not just convenience. It fit perfectly with the story as a whole.
I didn't have an "extreme reaction" to any portions in particular. I did often catch myself imagining the impossibilities and "ethereal enigmas" of Le Cirque de Reves while gazing at the ceiling or widely smiling in the car.
The plot and the world that is imagined is probably the best part although the performance is also very good and the characters are very good.
It's hard to compare it to anything, and that's a wonderful thing in a book.
The two lead characters were my most favorite, (sorry I'm terrible with names) but the two sisters and the death of the first, that is very sad.
Yes and no. I want to make a good book the last but I also wanted to keep listening. I was sad when it was over, which is extremely unusual for me.
A great listen, even if I hadn't gotten it on sale I would definitely say worth a credit or just a flat out purchase, it's that good. I think that's the first time I've sad that, after about 100 books listened to, give or take.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
This was a clever story. How she every came up with it is more than amazing but it was fun to listen to. There was a great plot with loads of off shoots to try and keep track of through the entire story. I really enjoyed the characters and "characters" is exactly what they all were. The Night Circus traveled from town to town adding to itself as it goes with the most remarkable tents to visit. Each tent is magnificent and your imagination is called to action as each is described through out the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating.